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Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech


5762 This week's double section is always read just before Rosh HaShanna. It contains the last commandment in the Torah; that every Jew must write, or at least participate in writing, a Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll). The law is that if a Sefer Torah is missing even one letter it is disqualified even if it is a letter of no practical importance whatsoever.
5763 Each word and idea in the Torah is eternal. But, could it be that the opening sentence of our section is an exception?
5764 Towards the end of the first book of this week's section G-d tells the Jews: "I am making the heavens and the earth witnesses today that I am putting before you the life and the death; the blessing and the curse...and you should choose life in order that you and your offspring will live." (30:19) Does this make sense?
5766 This Shabbat is the last one before and a preparation to the Jewish New Year: Rosh HaShanna and in it we read the 'double' Torah reading near the end of the Book of Deuteronomy: Nitzavim –Vayelech both of which deal with Moses' last words of encouragement and warning to the Jews before they enter the Promised Land without him.
5767 This week's section always precedes Rosh HaShanna and contains perhaps the most potent prophesies in the Torah: "And you (The Jewish people) will return to G-d your G-d and obey His voice........and G-d your G-d will gather you from all the nations where He dispersed you. Even if you are scattered to the ends of the heavens G-d your G-d will gather you. G-d your G-d will bring you to the land of your fathers etc. and G-d your G-d will circumcise your heart to love G-d your G-d.” (30: 2-6)
5769 Near the end of this week's double Torah portion, G-d tells Moses to write a Torah scroll and says "Now take this Torah scroll and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of G-d" (31:26).
5770 This week, the last week of the Jewish year 5770 (next week on Wednesday we celebrate New Year's Day marking exactly 5771 years from day man was created) we read the double Torah portions of "Standing (Nitzavim) and Walking (Vayelech)".
5771 This week's Torah portion has one of the most powerful prophesies in the Torah (30:1-6)
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